October 18, 2012

Feedback requested from hospital libraries on e-books

The librarians at Allina Health are trying to figure out the optimal mix and management of our e-books, downloading policies, checkout periods, and single vs multiple copies (or licenses) of certain titles. I am sure we are not alone! If you are a hospital library and have decided to jump into the e-book world (and who hasn't), and are willing to share ... please read on ... we would be initially most interested in two questions:

1) checkout periods for e-books and

2) whether you start with one title and then add additional copies (or licenses) based on usage, or purchase multiple copies based on print usage of similar titles

Any other information would be really useful. If you prefer to reply to me directly instead of commenting on this post, please feel free! Thank you.


Pamela Barnard

Allina Health • Library Services
Phone: 612-863-3289 •
Mail Route 14001 • 800 E. 28th Street • Mpls, MN 55407

February 10, 2009

Journal of Hospital Librarianship: Call for Articles

The Journal of Hospital Librarianship is looking for authors for its Charting Consumer Health Column. This is a great (and relatively easy) way to share information on your consumer health related projects, demonstrate your value to your organization, and build your CV.

HSLM Members Nancy Greenwood and Laurie Cole's column was published in in the latest volume of JHL (9(1): 55-58). Please take a look at their article, "Supporting Consumer Health: A Hospital Library's Experience in
Developing a Nursing Portal." Additionally, Nancy said she would be happy to talk to HSLM members about her experience if they would like to know more about the process.

If you are interested in submitting an article, please be in touch. I can be contacted at


Erinn Aspinall
Lead Editor, Charting Consumer Health Column
Journal of Hospital Librarianship